Lawns, Gardens & Trees
Rejuvenate Your Old Apple Tree
Now is a great time to prune your old apple tree. Pruning will lead to a healthier tree and higher quality apples. Let's get started ...
Japanese beetle has been detected again in North Dakota. The pest was found in 40 traps across the state in 2015. Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is one of the most destructive pests in landscapes. It destroys lawns, roses, grapes and more than 300 other plants.
Some crabapples hold onto their fruits through much of the winter, adding sparkles of red and gold in the landscape. These fruits will attract songbirds, adding another dimension of life and color to your home surroundings.
Our State Tree is Making a Comeback
There has been major progress in the development of elms that resist Dutch elm disease. This includes Prairie Expedition elm from NDSU. New cultivars and improved strategies in managing Dutch Elm Disease have made elm one of the finest trees for North Dakota landscapes.
New Golden Pepper
‘Escamillo’ is a golden bullhorn pepper that shows great promise. It’s the latest bullhorn pepper from Johnny’s which earlier released ‘Carmen’, one of the most reliable peppers grown in North Dakota. Italian bullhorn peppers have a sweet flesh and are well suited for salads and roasting.
Featured Publications and Videos
Growing Grapes in North Dakota
This publication guides home gardeners through the process of choosing an optimal site for planting, selecting hardy cultivars, and training and pruning the vines. In addition, his guide provides information on managing disease and insects that are common to North Dakota.
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
All trees and shrubs will need pruning during their lifetime. The objectives of pruning are to produce strong, healthy and attractive plants. This publication will teach you the principles of why, how and when to prune.
Conifers for North Dakota
Conifers, often called evergreens, provide year-round beauty, privacy, and shelter from winds. Learn how to select the best type and cultivar.
How to Grow Giant Onions
We’ll discuss onion sets vs. transplants, fertilization, irrigation, cultivars and more strategies to grow your biggest onion bulbs ever.
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